Level crossing ‘under review’ after tragedy

Eric Ireland
Eric Ireland

The future of the level crossing where an elderly driver died when his car was struck by a rush-hour passenger train is under review by rail chiefs.

The 77-year-old’s 4x4 vehicle was struck with such force by the 8.48am Scarborough to Liverpool Lime Street TransPennine Express service that it ended up in a field 40 metres from the crossing.

Picture shows the scene of a train crash near Scampston, North Yorkshire.  See Ross Parry copy RPYTRAIN : At least one person has been injured after a car was struck by a passenger train this (Weds) morning.The incident was reported to British Transport Police and North Yorkshire Police at about 9.15am on the line at the Ivy Lea rail crossing at Scampston, near Malton.  A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said emergency services were currently at the scene.''rossparry.co.uk / Steven Schofield

Picture shows the scene of a train crash near Scampston, North Yorkshire. See Ross Parry copy RPYTRAIN : At least one person has been injured after a car was struck by a passenger train this (Weds) morning.The incident was reported to British Transport Police and North Yorkshire Police at about 9.15am on the line at the Ivy Lea rail crossing at Scampston, near Malton. A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said emergency services were currently at the scene.''rossparry.co.uk / Steven Schofield

Investigations remain ongoing to determine the cause behind the tragedy while an inquest is expected to be opened in the coming days.

Mr Ireland is understood to have used the private farm crossing regularly during the past 40 years.

Motorists must use one of the phones on either side of the crossing to ring up a signal box to seek authority and ensure that is safe to cross.

It is one of hundreds in the UK which could be closed as part of a £130m drive by Network Rail to reduce risk at level crossings and improve safety over the next two years.

Over 800 level crossings have been closed since 2010.

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Filey and Malton, said: “I would like to record my deepest sympathy to family and friends of the gentleman who died.

“I believe we need to await the outcome of the inquest.

“It may be timely to review the cumbersome procedures of opening and closing the gates and the effectiveness of the warning but the coroner may well make recommendations to that effect.”

Several passengers spoke of their horror at the crash in which the driver of the train was treated for shock.

Anthony Armstrong, 33, said: “We knew that something bad had happened. I had been on the train for about 20 minutes and we heard a bump.

“People are a bit shaken up but nobody is hurt.”